So much of our prayers are often consumed by asking God to change our circumstances or make life a little easier for us.

“Bless me with ____________…”

“Make it easier for me to ____________…”

“Remove this temptation to ____________…”

You know the drill all too well, I imagine. Same here. There’s nothing necessarily wrong with praying for this things – it’s Biblical to tell God what your needs are (Philippians 4:4-6). However, I think too often we are praying the wrong prayers.

Nehemiah faced severe opposition as he and the Jews rebuilt Jerusalem’s walls. If he were a typical 21st-century Christian, he may have prayed something like, “God, miraculously assemble the walls for us,” or “Give our enemies’ a taste of their own medicine. Show them Who is boss!” Instead, as the enemy closed in and persecution heated up, here’s what Nehemiah prayed:

But now, O God, strengthen my hands.

Nehemiah 6:9

Maybe we are praying the wrong prayers. Maybe instead of asking for ease, we should pray for strength to carry the burden and push through the opposition and pain.

Instead of asking God to make things easier, ask Him to make you stronger.

God may change our circumstances as we pray, but I know He would love to use our circumstances to change us.

K E V I N • M I L L E R

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